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Watchet Boat Museum, Watchet

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Watchet Boat Museum is a small museum in Watchet, Somerset, England.It is housed in the 1862, Victorian, former railway goods shed of Watchet railway station, which is today located on the heritage West Somerset Railway.The exhibits include several types of boats found locally and associated artefacts, photographs and charts, plus nets and other items associated with their use. There are displays of maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of withy. There is also an example of a mudhorse which is a wooden sledge is propelled across the mudflats to collect fish from nets.The museum specialises in the shallow draft Flatner, a form of vessel once prevalent in Bridgwater Bay and adjacent coastal areas. Flatners are small double-ended boats with no keel.Withy Boats and Turf Boats, which were between 16ft and 20ft long, were used on the Somerset Levels to carry peat and withies to market. They were built from elm boards or clinker and were pulled along the banks of the drainage ditches on the levels.River boats had a similar construction, but the bottom was curved to allow them to be launched down sloping muddy banks of rivers including the River Parrett, where they were used for salmon fishing.
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  • To be honest, neither my wife or myself expected very much when we visited the Watchet Boat Museum. After all, it doesn't look very big from the outside, and we thought that a few minutes would be eno...  more »
  • Lovely museum in such a quaint town, very interesting. The actual building was historic and the volunteer very helpful.  more »
  • Well worth a visit if you're interested in boats/shipping etc, but interesting for kids as well. Boats to climb in to, hats, life jackets etc to dress up in - its great. Go see!  more »
  • Really interesting little museum. Demonstration of rope making was fascinating.
  • Lovely friendly and personal anecdotes from helpful staff. Pirate hats and an old boat for photo opportunities and keeping the kids happy.
  • Lovely place to pop into with the kids to Explore
  • Free museum run by volunteers. All very helpful and hands on exhibits for the kids
  • Great local muesum

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